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"One Stop Lover"

Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)

Composed by John Cummings & John Ward




August 13, 2017:

Re-Posted from Daddy B. Nice’s New CD Reviews

August 12, 2017:

JAYE HAMMER: Last Man Standing (Ecko Records) Three Stars *** Solid. The artist's fans will enjoy.

Jaye Hammer's new album, LAST MAN STANDING, features his zydeco-flavored hit single of last year, "Trail Ride," which--along with O.B. Buchana's "Why Can't I Be Your Lover?"-- marked Ecko Records' dual entry into the hot southern soul/zydeco market in 2016. With an infectious, mid-tempo rhythm track and a sweet-sounding, button-accordion hook, "Trail Ride" won Daddy B. Nice's Best Out-Of-Left-Field Song of 2016.

"Tell Aunt Sally,
Call Uncle Luke..."


Hammer sings,

"We're headed for Texas,
Down along the Louisiana line...
We're kicking off in Beaumont,
Down to Abilene..."


Trail rides have become cultural mainstays in southern Louisiana and southeast Texas. From spring through fall, not a weekend goes by without devotees gathering at stables for Friday and Saturday afternoon horse rides followed by nightly entertainment featuring zydeco, southern soul and blues. On Sunday mornings, the sleepy and satiated participants return to their work weeks, refreshed physically, mentally and musically. Hammer's "Trail Ride" anthem, written by the prolific John Cummings and John Ward, celebrates it all, capturing both the euphoria and the powerful sense of place.

Arguably one of the most talented and influential of current Ecko Records/Memphis-area songwriters, John Cummings contributes the bulk of the album's material, and the first three songs on this set are especially noteworthy. "Last Man Standing Up In It," readers will instantly notice, incorporates a few more words than the truncated title of the CD, "Last Man Standing." That's a tribute to Theodis Ealey's "Stand Up In It".

Jaye's "Last Man Standing Up In It" is a direct boast of male sexual prowess and, by extension, the ability of the man to please, provide, and protect the opposite sex. And to Cummings' and Hammer's credit, this theme permeates the album with admirable consistency, a perfect vehicle for Hammer's pleading but steely, country-boy voice. In fact, the only false note on the CD comes when Jaye says, in "Last Man Standing Up In It," he'll "be there in a New York minute."

The mid-tempo "Party At Home" has an alluring melody, and it's bolstered immeasurably by the addition of background singer LaToya Malone. For context on "Party At Home," go to David Brinston's "Kick It," which perfectly conveys the peer-pressure pull to go party with one's friends. "Party At Home," on the other hand, elucidates the delights of "partying" at home with one's spouse, and the subject has seldom been done better.

"Mississippi Style," currently (August '17) Daddy B. Nice's #4 "Breaking" Southern Soul Single, is another boasting, fronting, I'm-a-man-styled tune. It delivers a driving rhythm track, a nicely-nuanced, organ-tinged, John Ward arrangement, more great female background, and a fine, wailing lead vocal by Hammer with lyrics that cry out for politically-correct double-takes...

"Drinking corn whiskey,
Wine and gin.
Pull to the side of the road,
Pick up some friends.
If I get a little drunk,
That is just fine.
The judge and the county sheriff
Are cousins of mine."


And...

"Got kids in eleven counties,
Calling me 'Dad'..."


And...

"Drinking whiskey with my uncle,
Went to church with my aunt."


Even the chorus line is enchanting:

"I'm doing it Mississippi style.
Been doing it for awhile."


Visions of Chuck Berry singing "Johnny B. Goode" dance across your vision when Hammer's at his best--as he is here--a big-chested, Delta country boy full of piss and vinegar. You can imagine his ideal fan, a lonely woman, listening to Jaye's begging and bragging just for the vicarious satisfaction.

These songs followed by "Trail Ride" form an impressive--totally seductive--opening to the album and any first-timers' introduction to Jaye Hammer, but the middle half of the CD drops off. The uptempo "Let's Do It," the ballad, "It's Real," the mid-tempo "When I Can Give Her Something You Can't," the slow-blues "I'm A Package Handler" and "Big Booty Women" can't be faulted for execution, but lack the incandescence and originality of "Last Man Standing Up In It," "Party At Home" and "Mississippi Style".

The album trends up again towards the end with a remix of "Trail Ride," accompanied by "Good Old Country Boy," yet another remake of the most-covered tune in contemporary southern soul, "Mississippi Boy" by Will T.

--Daddy B. Nice

Sample/Buy Jaye Hammer's "Last Man Standing" CD at iTunes.

Read Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Jaye Hammer.

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June 10, 2017:

New Album Alert!


Sample/Buy Jaye Hammer's new LAST MAN STANDING CD at iTunes.

"LAST MAN STANDING" TRACK LIST:


1
The Last Man Standing up in It

2
Party at Home

3
Mississippi Style

4
Trail Ride

5
Let's Do It

6
It's Real

7
When I Can Give Her Something You Can't

8
I'm a Package Handler

9
Big Booty Women

10
Good Old Country Boy

11
Trail Ride (Remix)

Daddy B. Nice notes: Jaye Hammer's new album release on Ecko Records contains his southern soul-slash-zydeco smash, "Trail Ride" and a remix.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Last Man Standing Up In It" on YouTube.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Trail Ride" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's BEST OUT OF LEFT FIELD SONG OF 2016: "Trail Ride" by Jaye Hammer.

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Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "One Stop Lover" on YouTube while you read.

August 1, 2016:

CHART-CLIMBER!

Jaye Hammer and "One Stop Lover" Climbs From The #70 Spot On Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 (21st Century) Southern Soul Countdown To #49!

The chart ranks the top one hundred contemporary southern soul singles over the last sixteen years--ultimately a twenty-year period (from 2000-2020).


See Jaye Hammer's new position on the Chart.


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Jaye Hammer also becomes the #49-ranked artist on Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Artists Chart.


See the chart.


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Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "I Ain't Leaving Mississippi" on YouTube.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Trail Ride" on YouTube.

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April 8, 2016: Re-posted from Daddy B. Nice's New CD Reviews:

October 18, 2015:

JAYE HAMMER: I'm The Right Man (Ecko) Four Stars **** Distinguished effort. Should please old fans and gain new.



Listen to "Let's Hear It For The DJ" while you read.

Let's be clear. To even be compared to O.B. Buchana, arguably the pre-eminent vocal stylist in southern soul music, is a huge compliment. Hammer's vocal identity, his production and even his material have more often than not overlapped with Buchana's, not that Hammer's previous CD's--especially HAMMER and I CAN LAY THE HAMMER DOWN...(both previously reviewed here)--haven't been bonafide. But the casual listener could be forgiven for confusing Hammer and Buchana on a song like "I'm In A Party Mood," which coincidentally is reprised on this new set.

Be that as it may, Jaye Hammer breaks away from mentor O.B. Buchana's shadow into his own little patch of sunlight on I'M THE RIGHT MAN, his new CD from Ecko Records. I'M THE RIGHT MAN isn't a radical departure for Hammer--there is much that is familiar--but a significant portion is novel and surprising, and the marvel is that the blending of the new and traditional cuts is as seamless and successful as it is.

Among the more commonplace and derivative tracks are the Henderson Thigpen/John Ward-written "Here We Go" and the Gerod Rayburn/John Ward-composed "I'm Gonna Hit That Thang (Remix)" and "I Need It," which sound like Buchana retreads--to which could be added "Is She Waiting On You?", an otherwise exceptionally well-executed duet with Donnie Ray which became the first, and fairly successful, radio single from the album. (Hammer's name is mentioned prominently throughout.)

But then Hammer hits you with something completely new, the James Jackson-composed "Let's Hear It For The DJ," one of the most remarkable instrumental tracks to ever come out of Ecko. Described in Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Singles Preview for September 2015 (#4-ranked)....

Imagine Hammer vamping in Prince's pinched clothes and delivery. (Difficult, huh?) The vocal is radically different--clipped, distanced. It's not Ecko’s style at all. It’s very percussive, and yet the song rocks in a catchy, cumulative way Hammer has never achieved before.

...The terrific energy and charisma in "DJ" is matched, if not duplicated, in the more old-school, John Cummings-written "I Ain't Leaving Mississippi." Cummings, you might remember, recorded the ode to deep-south culture, "Here In The South"--Daddy B. Nice's Best 'Out-Of-Left-Field Song of 2014--and "Mississippi," with its great hook and chorus, boasts the same, heart-tugging loyalty to the rural amenities of the Delta. Together--back to back--this pair of tunes provides a template for the most high-powered CD of Hammer's career.

"Just Because," a cover of Johnnie Taylor's classic that Hammer has been performing for live audiences, is the kind of song O.B. would record, but it's not Buchana, it's Hammer, and its insertion in the set is more welcome tonic. You may remember the sensitive, un-macho lyrics:

"And just because
Sometimes you want to make love,
Girl, I tell you, 'Not tonight,'
Try to understand I worked hard all day
Darling, I'm doing the very best I can."


"The Sweeter The Peach," a collaboration among Ward, Raymond Moore and Henderson Thigpen, combines a modest yet sweet melody with a perfect rhythm track in the quintessential Ecko style. As in "Let's Her It For The DJ," Hammer doesn't seek to overwhelm or impress. His vocal's as comfortable as your favorite old shoes. We're used to the spectacular brashness of style on his seminal CD's (above), but in a perverse way Hammer's vocals are even more seductive when he's just cruising.

Which brings up the title tune, "I'm The Right Man," in which Hammer brings his more panoramic vocal approach to bear on an original ballad by James Jackson. "I'm The Right Man" is aided by a winsome guitar lick--refreshingly powerful and upfront for southern soul. Ironically, the title tune was the only song your Daddy B. Nice couldn't link to YouTube, but I did find one for the similarly evocative "That's The Kind Of Man."

John Ward's production is first-rate. Till Palmer (as always) and James Jackson do a great job on the mixing and engineering. Other than Donnie Ray, there are no featured artists, and none are needed. Now, more than ever, Hammer's just being Hammer.

--Daddy B. Nice

Sample/Buy Jaye Hammer's I'M THE RIGHT MAN at Soul Blues Music.

See Daddy B. Nice's Jaye Hammer (Chart-Climber, New Album Alert).

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September 27, 2015: NEW ALBUM ALERT!

Sample/Buy Jaye Hammer's I'M THE RIGHT MAN CD at Soul Blues Music.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "I Ain't Leaving Mississippi" from his new album.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Let's Hear It For The DJ" from his new album.

These two tracks have been featured on Daddy B. Nice's Top Ten "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles (October, September 2015). See Daddy B. Nice's Corner.

CHART-CLIMBER:

Jaye Hammer rises from #85 to #70 on Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Countdown.

(See the chart, which encompasses a fifteen-year period.)


Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Let's Hear It For the DJ" on YouTube. (The song is featured not only on Hammer's new RIGHT MAN CD but Ecko's VARIOUS ARTISTS BLUES MIX 18: SOUTHERN SOUL PARTY.)

SouthernSoulRnB.com - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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To automatically link to Jaye Hammer's charted radio singles, awards, CD's and other citations on the website, go to "Hammer, Jaye" in Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index.

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November 22, 2014: DADDY B. NICE REVIEWS JAYE HAMMER'S STILL GOT IT CD.

JAYE HAMMER: Jaye Hammer's Still Got It (Ecko) Three Stars *** Solid. The artist's fans will enjoy. (11-22-14) Hammer's third Ecko collection features the usual assortment of chitlin' circuit themes ranging from Ollie Nightingale's "I'll Drink Your Bathwater, Baby" to Buchana-"Back Up Lover"-inspired "Let Me Help You Get Even With Him"--with an Hawaiian chaser. The gem of the set may be the deep and resonant ballad, "Make Up Sex." Most of the better material ("I'm A Booty Freak," "Hammer's Juke Joint Shack," "I'm Not Going To Cheat On My Wife Any More," "The Longer You Love Me") will satisfy core fans but fail to bring in "newbies," and it's doubtful there's a break-out "hit" of the originality of Theodis Ealey's "Stand Up In It" or Klass Band Brotherhood's "Sugaa Shack." In that respect, the very thing that elevates Jaye Hammer's level of musicianship, namely his musical association with O.B. Buchana and John Ward (Ecko CEO/producer), also puts a ceiling on his identity. The constant comparisons with Buchana are obvious, but Ward's no-nonsense rhythm tracks and guitar instrumentals, which seem on first impression solid but faceless, also convey an identity. (Ward actually has a more inventive approach to the organ; there's a small keyboard fill in "Any Kind Of Party" that's an absolute delight.) The point is, any potential hit of Hammer's is competing for attention with nine of his tunes plus ten more of O.B.'s (at the least, in any given year) with somewhat the same instrumental sound. Diverging musically in incremental ways--even with the vocals--might be called for. In the end, this is good southern soul music, and slow but sure (bereft of the big hit) still works. Latoya Malone provides great (i.e. modest and authentic) female background vocals, especially on "Hammer's Juke Joint Shack". DBN.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Make Up Sex" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Jaye Hammer's STILL GOT IT CD at Amazon.

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November 22, 2014:

From Daddy B. Nice's Corner: Top Ten Southern Soul Singles Review:

Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Review For. . .

----------JULY 2014------------

9. "The Longer You Love Me"----------Jaye Hammer

Where's the beef? On this, the first single from Jaye Hammer's upcoming new Ecko CD, JAYE HAMMER'S STILL GOT IT.

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Review For. . .

----------AUGUST 2014------------


5. "Make Up Sex"------Jaye Hammer

Hammer, befitting his name, is like a bull in a china shop, creatively speaking. I still think he missed out on the song of his career by not promoting One Stop Lover" as a single and not putting it on YouTube. (It now is. But it may be too late unless it's reissued. Click here.) On "Make Up Sex" from the new album), Hammer dives to an similarly unbelievable depth of soul, and--happily--you can hear it instantly:

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Make Up Sex" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Jaye Hammer's "Make Up Sex" mp3 and Jaye Hammer's STILL GOT IT CD.

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July 30, 2014: NEW ALBUM ALERT!

Sample/Buy JAYE HAMMER'S STILL GOT IT CD.

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--Daddy B. Nice


About Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)

Re-Posted from Daddy B. Nice's New CD Reviews

July 4, 2012:

JAYE HAMMER: Hammer (Ecko) Three Stars *** Solid Southern Soul Debut by a New Male Vocalist.
Jaye Hammer's Hammer is actually the second CD by a young artist named Jeremy George from Friars Point, Mississippi. His first album Work It On Me (Blues River/East-West) passed with little notice under the performing pseudonym Jay'E Hammer in 2005.

This 2012 offering from Memphis's Ecko Records streamlines the name to Jaye Hammer and effectively introduces him to the Southern Soul audience.

The first single from the CD, "Soul Train Dancer," went into rotation in 2011, and another single, "Mississippi Slide," has garnered air time in the first half of 2012. Deejays have nibbled at many other cuts from the album, among them "I'm Leaving You," "I Thought It Was Jody," "I Can Love You Like That," "Making That Booty Roll" and "Strawberry Ice Cream Woman."

My first reaction to each song cited was negative, deterred by the screeching tone of Hammer's voice and the twice-tread, jingle-familiar melodies, and yet, over time, via Southern Soul radio, the songs have gradually sunk in and become something close to contemporary standards.

The process reminded me of how it used to be when music radio was really radio and you'd hear songs you just didn't like at first, but after getting used to hearing them on the radio, you'd actually reach the point where you enjoyed them.

First-time listeners should be warned that this is some pretty unusual, off-putting music, abrasive like Bob Dylan, high and whiney like Jimi Hendrix, as attenuated as O. B. Buchana through an Alvin & The Chipmunks filter.

When I first heard the song "Institutionalize" by veteran Southern Soul diva Dorothy Moore on the radio, I thought it might be Jaye Hammer.

The CD commences with "I'm Leaving You" and "I Thought It Was Jody (But It Was Judy)," traditional Ecko numbers in structure, but Hammer's vocals are like no one I can remember, with background vocals (Hammer and Morris Williams) on "I Thought It Was Judy" that add to the strangeness with straining falsetto figures an octave above middle C.

"Mississippi Slide" and "Slow Train Dancer" epitomize the contradictions of Hammer's style. Both songs manufacture professional, well-wrought arrangements around pinched-tenor leads by Hammer.

Both achieve a memorable quality if you give them time and can adjust to Hammer's peculiar style, a style that nevertheless employs well-versed, seasoned Southern Soul phrasing and technique.

"Can I Love You Like That" is the finest ballad on the CD. Hammer, however, omits the long, luxurious, cushion-like notes that most Southern Soul singers insert in their verses and choruses to seduce their fans. The song is done twice.

"Making That Booty Roll" returns to the good-times, juke-joint feel of "I'm Leaving You" and "I Thought It Was Jody."

"Fussin' And Naggin'" and "Go Ahead On" qualify as filler, but "(I'm In A) Party Mood" (also done two times) and "Strawberry Ice Cream Woman" possess the same high-pitched and memorable if uneasy qualities of the best tracks on the CD.

"I want to flirt with the women,"

Hammer sings in "Party Mood,

"Get down with the guys."

Hammer is both competent and uncompromising. If you have the patience to acclimate to the style of the singer, you'll be rewarded with a number of songs you'll be saving for posterity.

The John Ward-produced CD, with songs written by Hammer (Jeremy George), Fred Hicks, John Cummings, Aaron Weddington and Ward, is rich in material. But I suspect that Jaye Hammer is one of those freakishly-talented artists whose best may be yet to come.

--Daddy B. Nice

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1.

February 1, 2014:

CHART CLIMBERS 2014!:

Jaye Hammer and his hit Southern Soul single "One Stop Lover" debuts at #85 on Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Artist Countdown.


Go to the complete library of artist guides for Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 Countdown: 21st Century Southern Soul Artists

Jaye Hammer's "One Stop Lover" was also a finalist for BEST MID-TEMPO SONG, BEST MALE VOCALIST, BEST SONGWRITER (John Cummings/John Ward) and BEST CD (I CAN LAY THE HAMMER DOWN).

"One Stop Lover" ranked 9th (for the year) on Daddy B. Nice's

TOP 25 SOUTHERN SOUL SONGS OF 2013


9. One Stop Lover------Jaye Hammer

Jaye Hammer sounds like a conquering hero on “One Stop Lover,” an effect aided by the great arrangement, including symphonic strings, a stuttering Wilson Meadows-like guitar lick and a measured, classic-soul-sounding organ-keyboard.


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January 26, 2014:

Re-Posted from Daddy B. Nice's New CD Reviews

July 6, 2013:



JAYE HAMMER: I Can Lay The Hammer Down (Ecko) Five Stars ***** Can't Miss. Pure Southern Soul Heaven.


O. B. Buchana, don't look in the rear view mirror. There's a young singer who's mentored under you--"gone to O.B. school," as Queen Ann Hines warbles in "You're Just Playin' With It"--coming up fast behind you and looking to pass. He's Jaye Hammer, and his second Ecko LP, I Can Lay The Hammer Down, contains a bona fide Southern Soul masterpiece in the song "One Stop Lover."

I bought this otherwise polite and totally-aboveboard song for a lady I wanted to impress and later she told me that one of her friends, upon hearing Hammer's "One Stop Lover," advised that she'd "better keep her legs closed" around me. We had a good laugh over that, but the remark testifies to the tornado-like energy behind Hammer's innocent yet realistic "courting" anthem.

All the traits "haters" bring up about Southern Soul are showcased in all their southern-soul-fan-loving splendor--a total lack of irony, a lack of detachment, a total lack of modernism. "One Stop Lover" is a full, frontal assault on real-life emotions: a man wooing his chosen woman with all-consuming passion:

"You're my lady
And I'm here to please.
Your satisfaction is guaranteed... "

"Girl, as long as you're here with me,
I'll be whatever you want me to be... "

And, near the end of the song, just when you think Hammer has exhausted all the dreams and promises any one man could possibly summon, Hammer proclaims:

"Baby, I'll be the man--
The man that you want.
Baby, I'll be the man--
The man that you need.

Girl, I'll cook for you.
Baby, I'll wash your clothes.
Girl, I'll pay your bills.
Girl, I'll love you right."

These lyrics roil over a timeless melody and an organ and string-section-driven arrangement that the Ecko label can take into Southern Soul posterity as one of their greatest sessions.

"One Stop Lover" just barely missed being Daddy B. Nice's #1 song in May '13, losing out to Krishunda Echol's hot-as-hot debut, "Mad Dog 20-20."

Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles Review For. . .

MAY 2013...

2. "One Stop Lover"---------Jaye Hammer

Jaye Hammer's muscular vocal trumps even last year's talented debut. Here he sounds like a larger-than-life hero, an effect aided in no small part by the great arrangement, including strings, a stuttering, Wilson Meadows-like guitar lick and a measured, classic, Stax/Hi-sounding organ-keyboard. Written in outstanding fashion by John Cummings and John Ward.


About last year. Jaye Hammer's I CAN LAY THE HAMMER DOWN is a quantum leap over Hammer, the Ecko debut by this native of Friar's Point, Mississippi, reviewed here in 2012. Your Daddy B. Nice was pretty hard on the artist, citing the "screeching tone" of Hammer's voice and the "twice-tread, jingle-familiar melodies" while admitting that: If you have the patience to acclimate to the style of the singer, you'll be rewarded with a number of songs you'll be saving.

I had no problem with Hammer's voice this time around. Either I've grown used to his vocals or he's improved them dramatically--or both.

Intensity. That's the hallmark of Hammer's voice and delivery. You have to go back to the likes of Jerry Butler or Solomon Burke to match the intimidating, Lebron-with-a-cape-like intensity of Hammer's vocals.

"Cheatin' Ain't No Fun" is practically as good as "One Stop Lover," a William Norris ballad that Hammer gives a country-inflected twist, and the combination of the old-school ambience and Hammer's leather-belt-whipping delivery is devastatingly effective.

"I'm In Love" has an arrangement that recalls Patrick Harris, another neglected troubadour of romantic love, and his "Give Her What She Been Missing" and "Right On Time," albeit on a much more technically-accomplished level.

The Ecko studio gang's background vocals (John Ward, Morris Williams, etc., augmented this time around by William Norris aka Sonny Mack and O. B. Buchana himself) are some of the best ever.

There are a total of four William Norris tunes on the CD, including "Cheatin' Ain't No Fun" and the rock-and-rolling "Dig A Little Deeper." Another Norris song, "Turn On The Loving," is similarly fine, with lyrics--

"Feeling kinda horny
And I wanna get down."

--that in Hammer's lathered delivery achieve an almost devotional heft.

"So put down the phone
Lock all the doors..."

Even this most basic of human needs sounds like a national emergency in Hammer's world. The vocals, both foreground and background, are perfectly suited to the content, and the instrumental track bristles with John Ward's (Ecko's CEO) recently-ratcheted-up scope and confidence.

Other songs of note include "Shuckin' and Jivin'" and "I Can Lay The Hammer Down" (the title tune), with chunky rhythms in the (O.B.) "Back Up Lover" style; the Raymond Moore-written ballad "Let's Call A Truce"; and "Your Search Is Over" (the fourth William Norris-written tune).

Overall, this is the right artist at the right time. Everything on Jaye Hammer's I Can Lay The Hammer Down is fresh and powerful, with nary a hint of the artist beginning to repeat himself. This is a young artist at the peak of his recently-found, formidable powers, flush with the full discovery of his sound and his brand.

--Daddy B. Nice

Sample/Buy Jaye Hammer's I CAN LAY THE HAMMER DOWN at CD Universe.

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Jaye Hammer on YouTube


Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Blues Buffet" on YouTube.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Making That Booty Roll" on YouTube.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Party Mood" on YouTube.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "I Can Lay The Hammer Down" on YouTube.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Shuckin' And Jivin'" on YouTube.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Dig A Little Deeper" on YouTube.

Listen to Jaye Hammer singing "Cheatin' Ain't No Fun" on YouTube.


Honorary "B" Side

"Shuckin' & Jivin'"



5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy One Stop Lover by Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)
One Stop Lover


CD: I Can Lay The Hammer Down
Label: Ecko

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I Can Lay The Hammer Down


5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy Shuckin' & Jivin' by Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)
Shuckin' & Jivin'


CD: I Can Lay The Hammer Down
Label: Ecko

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I can Lay The Hammer Down


5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy Let's Hear It For The DJ by Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)
Let's Hear It For The DJ


CD: I'm The Right Man
Label: Ecko

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I'm The Right Man


5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy Make Up Sex by Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)
Make Up Sex


CD: Jaye Hammer's Still Got It
Label: Ecko

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Jaye Hammer's Still Got It.


4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy Cheatin' Ain't No Fun by Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)
Cheatin' Ain't No Fun


CD: I Can Lay The Hammer Down
Label: Ecko

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I can Lay The Hammer Down


4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy Dig A Little Deeper by Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)
Dig A Little Deeper


CD: I Can Lay The Hammer Down
Label: Ecko

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I can Lay The Hammer Down


4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy I Can Love You Like That by Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)
I Can Love You Like That


CD: Hammer
Label: Ecko

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Hammer


4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy Is She Waiting On You (feat. Donnie Ray) by Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)
Is She Waiting On You (feat. Donnie Ray)


CD: I'm The Right Man
Label: Ecko

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I'm The Right Man


4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy Party Mood by Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)
Party Mood


CD: Hammer
Label: Ecko

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Hammer


4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy Soul Train Dancer by Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)
Soul Train Dancer


CD: Hammer
Label: Ecko

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Hammer


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy I Can Lay The Hammer Down by Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)
I Can Lay The Hammer Down


CD: I Can Lay The Hammer Down
Label: Ecko

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I can Lay The Hammer Down


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Mississippi Slide by Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)
Mississippi Slide


CD: Hammer
Label: Ecko

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Hammer


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Strawberry Ice Cream Woman by Jaye Hammer (New CD Review!)
Strawberry Ice Cream Woman


CD: Hammer
Label: Ecko

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Hammer


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CD: Work It On Me
Label: Blues River

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Work It On Me



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CD: I Can Lay The Hammer Down
Label: Ecko

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I can Lay The Hammer Down


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